A huge and pale Gundabad Orc, Azog™ has ruled by will and might the northern tribes for many decades, leading them to victory in battles against their hated foes, the Dwarves of the line of Durin. Outside the East Gate of Moria he beheads the Dwarf King Thror and comes close to killing his grandson Thorin, who repays the great Orc by cutting off his arm.
In the years that follow little is heard from Azog and many come to believe him dead, but in truth the Defiler lives on, recovering his strength and replacing his severed limb with a jagged metal proxy.
Our authentic prop replicas and collectibles are designed by the very same artists who have worked on the three films, so effectively they come straight from Middle-earth.
Conceived in the same 1/6 scale as our character statues, Azog looks incredibly menacing when posed with his arch enemy, Thorin Oakenshield (see image #4 on the left). Or indeed any of the Dwarves in the series.
More than 2 ft long (650mm) and 17 inches tall (450mm), the Warg alone is bigger than some dogs and our prototype weighs in at 30 lbs (13.5kg). It's likely to be about 35lbs (16 kg) when cast in polystone - about the same as the average 4 year-old child.
The mere logistics of handling a piece like this, let alone making molds and removing cast sculptures from the molds is an incredibly time consuming process that requires exceptional skill and a great deal of patience from the craftsmen entrusted with this task.
Both bigger and approx 11lbs (5kg) heavier than our Barad-dûr - Fortress of Sauron environment, each individual piece will take several days to mold, cast and paint. A strong steel 'skeleton' or armature concealed inside is needed to make this ultra-dynamic pose possible. It's the most challenging cast we've ever come up with.
Please note: images are of a pre-production prototype. Each statue is hand painted and minor variations will occur.
Daniel Falconer discusses the auction lots
Weta Workshop’s high-quality Middle-earth collectibles are designed by the very same artists and technicians who work on our movies. It takes hundreds of hours to design, sculpt, model make, mold, and paint the prototype for each new piece. Whether it be a prop replica, beautiful environment or iconic character, we treat our collectibles with the same level of care and attention to detail that we bring to our film work.